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Top 5 Best Built-in Refrigerator Columns

(The what's what in column refrigeration)
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Which style is trending right now?

Columns are a top choice in high-end kitchens. Refrigerator columns are all-refrigerator, all-freezer, or wine storage appliances that you can mix and match to fit your needs and kitchen layout.

Here’s why refrigerator columns are trending

1. You can store what you want
Everyone buys food differently. Perhaps you belong to a farm share and need a ton of space for produce. If you’re proud of your wine collection, why keep it in the basement? Elevate the look of your kitchen by incorporating a wine column into your kitchen. Maybe you have a young family and need more freezer storage than you can find in a regular side-by-side. Columns give you the freedom to decide how much capacity you want.

2. Location, location, location!

Every kitchen is different. In many spaces, it’s hard to commit to a big side-by-side refrigerator. Columns don’t need to be installed together. If you’re a fresh foodie with limited space, install your refrigerator where it’s most convenient and set your freezer aside in another spot.

3. Better feel and finish

Integrated refrigerators are not meant to be cheap. Since they are integrated into your cabinetry, they are built to a higher standard and should have a longer life expectancy. When you open one you should immediately notice a difference in the feel and finish. Look for soft-close-doors, gliding crispers, sturdy bins, and shelves. Some manufacturers offer a stainless interior, LED lighting, multiple temperature zones, and remote diagnostics.

4. Seamless design

Do you see the refrigerator in this modern kitchen? Handle-free cabinets have been a big trend and the appliance industry is joining the party. Some columns can be opened without handles for easy access and a completely integrated look.

5. A high-quality solution for galley kitchens and urban spaces

You don’t need to buy a 48’’ side-by-side to get a high-end refrigerator in your tight urban space. Since integrated refrigerators are cabinet-depth, they don’t stick out as far as freestanding refrigerators. Here are a few ideas.

If you’re shopping for refrigerator columns, you came to the right place. There are so many brands to choose from! Here are our favorites:

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Gaggenau Columns

Gaggenau is a German appliance brand owned by the BSH Corporation. Gaggenau was the first manufacturer to make residential refrigerators with a stainless steel interior. Gaggenau columns can accept custom cabinetry or stainless panels.

Refrigerator: 24’’, 30’’, 36’’
Freezer: 18’’, 24’’, 30’’, 36’’
Wine: 18’’, 24’’

Features you’ll love:

TFT Touch Display

  • Temperature control via central TFT display, temperature can be adjusted from 30 °F to 38 °F.

Multi-Flow Air System

  • Dynamic cold air distribution with Multi-Flow Air System.

LED Sidewall

  • Bright interior pillar of lights thoroughly illuminates the interior for quick and easy access.
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Jenn-Air Columns

Jenn-Air is a luxury appliance brand owned by the Whirlpool Corporation. Last year, Jenn-Air released two distinct lines of designer appliances, Rise and Noir. Jenn-Air columns stand out with their obsidian metal interior.

Refrigerator: 24’’, 30’’, 36’’
Freezer: 18’’, 24’’, 30’’

Features you’ll love:

Remote Access

  • Open door. Power outages. Filter changes. Connect to WiFi for real-time notifications and control your columns from anywhere. Tap and swipe on both iOS and Android devices.

Shapeshifter Drawers

  • From craft beer to the farmer's market. Whether you're marinating a steak or storing a charcuterie tray, every drawer has presets to meet your desires.

Discreet Water Dispenser

  • Drips. Engineered. Out. A dual valve does away with the "last drop splash."
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Thermador Columns

Thermador is a leading luxury appliance brand. Their columns are known for ample crisper space, and innovative push-to-open design for a completely seamless look. Thermador columns can be stainless steel or cabinet panel-ready.

Refrigerator: 24’’, 30’’, 36’’
Freezer: 18’’, 24’’, 30’’
Wine: 18’’, 24’’

Features you’ll love:

ThermaFresh System with Humidity and Temperature-Controlled Drawers

  • The drawers within the refrigerator column provide optimal humidity and temperature control by increasing the circulation of air.

3 Door Produce Bins

  • This unit comes with 3 extra produce bins to keep even more fruits and vegetables fresh for longer.

Open Door Assist

  • Automatic door opening with an effortless push or pull. Great for handle-free cabinetry.
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Liebherr Columns

Liebherr is a German company that specializes in refrigeration. Liebherr has always been a leader in environmental consciousness and energy efficiency. Their new Monolith refrigerator line is attractive, feature-loaded, and functional.

Refrigerator: 24’’, 30’’, 36’’ (coming soon)
Freezer: 18’’, 24’’, 30’’ (coming soon), 36’’ (coming soon)

Features you’ll love:

BioFresh Plus

  • With the temperature maintained at just above freezing and at an ideal humidity level, fruit, vegetables, meat and fish retain their vitamins, minerals, flavor and attractive appearance for up to three times longer than in a normal refrigerator.

InfinitySpring

  • Seamlessly integrated and flush-mounted internal water dispenser. Accommodates pitchers of any size.

SmartDevice

  • Monolith comes with a SmartDeviceBox which can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet, activating settings and features while on the go. Internal cameras to tell you what items you'll need for a recipe.
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Dacor Columns

Dacor is a luxury appliance brand owned by Samsung. Dacor’s columns can be cabinet panel-ready, stainless, or black stainless. With select models, you even have the freedom to customize the refrigerator interior.

Refrigerator: 24’’, 30’’, 36’’
Freezer: 18’’, 24’’, 30’’, 36’’
Wine: 24’’

Features you’ll love:

  • SteelCool™ Stainless Steel Interior illuminated by 3DLighting™
  • Push-To-Open™ Door Assist opens the door upon a slight push for a luxuriously convenient experience
  • Internal Water Dispenser for easy access to clean, filtered water
  • iQ RemoteView™ Cameras (Wi-Fi) enables users to check what's in your fridge from your phone

Is column refrigeration right for you?

That really depends. You should consider the value of your home. I’m not a real estate expert, but there’s nothing more disappointing than seeing a multi-million dollar home on the market with an entry-level appliance package in the kitchen. If you have a large house in an upscale neighborhood you should almost certainly consider an integrated refrigerator. Another factor to think about is how long you want to stay in your home. If you’re planning to sell your home in 2-5 years then you should think about getting a good looking appliance package that has strong promotions and rebates. If you want to stay in your home for a long time, then you really should spend extra on high-quality and think hard about which appliances best suit your needs. AJ Madison is the biggest online retailer in the country. Speak with our experts to learn more about features, promotions, and pricing.